Weekly (One Week Before) FoS NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

For our 7 Round Cleveland Browns NFL Mock Draft, that we posted this weekend here, we use FanSpeak’s Mock Draft Simulator which is greatly helpful in making that many selections. Today, for this full 1st round NFL Mock Draft, we are using a new tool from ESPN. Mel Kiper, the king of draft day hair, now has a simulator tool as well. It takes his Mock Draft, and any changes you make to a pick it automatically updates the picks after it. You can check out the tool here (Insider, Costs $) and play around yourselves. Only 7 of his original picks still lay where they did when we started this Mock Draft. Take a look and critique us, our goal is what we think the teams will do, not what we want them to.

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans take the top talent at a position of need and figure the rest out. Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles are possible here but Clowney is set apart in this draft.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson

Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are also possible picks here. Figuring out how to fit Khalil Mack into their loaded Front 7 is also a possibility. In the end protecting Sam Bradford and opening up the running game means Robinson is the pick.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack

The Jaguars could also go quarterback or wide receiver but instead they finish off their defensive front 7 with Mack. A stud athlete with a high upside.

4. Cleveland Browns
Blake Bortles

Going against conventional wisdom of Watkins or Manziel, Bortles provides the highest upside for a QB, has great football IQ and his weaknesses are easily workable. He needs some lower body mechanics worked out to take advantage of that large frame. He has already started doing so and could be considered a steal here at #4 after a few seasons.

5. Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins

The Raiders are playing for now. Their coach and GM know they are on the hot seat so a now pick makes the most sense. Watkins is a now and later pick. As long as he stays healthy, a decent sized IF for him, Watkins should develop as a Top 15 to 20 receiver in the league.

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  • Jarod Cook

    I wouldn’t say not taking Manziel or Watkins at #4 would go against conventional wisdom. Manziel is the biggest Boom/Bust pick in the draft, and i think they’ll shy away from him. Watkins was arrested and pleaded guilty in 2012 to drug charges, do you really want another receiver with a history problems? On top of the fact that every other WR who was taking in the top 10 over the last decade, was either bigger or faster then Watkins. So IMO it’s not going against conventional thinking to stay away from those two.
    Bortles has the size and build of a prototypical NFL QB. Yes, he needs work but so do all of these QB’s in the draft. They’ve got Hoyer who can work as a stop gap for a year, while they develop who ever they choose, so why not go after the top rated guy? On the other hand the sports science article yesterday comparing Evens to Watkins, I think that Evens is the better pick at #4. You can’t teach size and the difference in speed is minimal, plus Evens is a year younger and has a higher ceiling then Watkins.
    I’d pass on Roby at #26 besides the recent of the field issue(How stupid can you be?), he’s a mediocre talent that doesn’t deserve a 1st round selection. If it wasn’t for his elite speed he’d be getting burned more often then he does. He bites to often on pump fakes and double moves, also he always plays off receivers giving them huge cushions. If they’re looking to add an impact defender in the 1st they should add Shazier, he can line up at ILB/OLB/DE. He can play in coverage, rush the passer, plays sideline to sideline, and is a true 3 down player on defense.

  • Letterman007

    But none had the combination of all that Watkins has!! I think both choices for the Brown’s are reaches and we can’t afford doing that in this draft this early!!

    • Jarod Cook

      I’m assuming this comment was supposed to be a reply to me. I’ve never thought that Watkins was a top 5 pick player. And the more I hear about Evens leads me to believe he’s going to be the first WR off the board. Watkins is average size, doesn’t have a sub 4.4 40 time, and still needs to develop his routes. There’s several players at the bottom of the 1st round that meet or exceed the same criteria, and no one is saying they should be picked in the top 5.
      I agree with you that both of the picks are reaches. But they fill some of the Browns biggest needs.

      • Letterman007

        I’ll take Evans, but I like Watkins more and I live in South Carolina, about 35 miles from Clemson, and have seen him play many times !! He is the real deal !! He may not clock the fastest time in the forty’s, but I’ve seen him pull away from most every corner he’s faced!! He is also developing that Steve Smith mentality, If the ball is in the air, it’s mine!! He also didn’t have that great a QB throwing to him. Watch him alter his route to make up for a bad throw!! Which he did on numerous occasions!! He separates better than Evans, who uses his height more to make catches and may not be so successful doing that in the NFL?

        • Jarod Cook

          Your right Watkins didn’t have the greatest QB throwing to him. But you can say the same about Evens. IMO the reason Manziel looked as good as he did was because of Evens. He might not be able to create a lot of separation like Watkins can, but he was able the use size and leaping ability to get to the ball first and make the catch. With the NFL being a copy cat league, teams are already looking for bigger CB’s like Sherman. Players who can contest these big receivers for jump balls, and be physical with the smaller receivers at the line of scrimmage. If that happens players like Watkins and Cooks are only going to struggle in the league.

          • Letterman007

            I think you meant that first statement the other way around!! The reason Evans looked so good was because Manziel was throwing to him!!! Watkins has a vertical leap that he uses to go over corners!! Watch the Orange Bowl highlights and watch him go over Roby for a touchdown!! Evans was fighting over smaller corners that aren’t named Haden and Sherman and the like!! You have to be able to create separation in the NFL!!!

          • Jarod Cook

            If your trying to use OSU as a measuring pole, that’s going to be a pretty short pole. OSU’s defense last year was pathetic, the secondary in particular was really bad. Roby was about the only decent player in the secondary, and was embarrassed several times last year. Including by Wisconsin’s Abbrederis and he’s not considered an elite talent.
            I didn’t get it backwards when talking about Evens, there was plenty of times that he had to adjust his route to make up for Manziels bad throws and “improvisation”. Evens is 4-6 inches taller then most starting CB’s in the league, he also has a 40′ vert jump which is impressive to go with his size. That means he can out jump most CB’s and get to the catch point 2-3 feet above where they can. On the other hand Watkins size and vert are about the same as most CB’s, so he has to rely on creating that space to make a catch. If I was a GM I’d take Evens over Watkins, solely on the point that Evens has more room to grow as a player verses Watkins.

          • Letterman007

            I guess we’ll just agree to disagree!! We will see who has the better pro career I the next three years!!??

          • Justin K

            Roby didnt play in the bowl game….